Face it— we are now in a society facing something most of us, if not all of us have never faced before.
Something we cannot entirely control. We can help toward “slowing the curve” but that’s not the type of control I’m talking about. I’m one who would rather be in full control. I don’t like to rely on anyone to get something done. I do realize some things cannot be done completely solo, but where and when they can that’s how I get it done, fully in control. And if something doesn’t go as planned, well then I come up with another plan in full control and that cycle repeats. For what is going on in today’s world, it is a very serious thing despite who is in control and who isn’t, we need to all come together. Which I feel majority of us are by Staying Home. I mean our country is basically “shut down” sort of speak. Where the only things allowed to be open are the “essentials” businesses. This makes us ask ourselves, Am I essential? Do I get to go to work? Or did you open up your own business thinking you were essential until someone told you otherwise…
Living a life helping others achieve their health and fitness goals through mind and body, I would think that’s pretty essential, but it’s not food, pet care, has, liquor so I guess health, fitness, massage gets pushed aside for now… being told otherwise because of the COVID-19.
This is serious. This is a pandemic. Serious to individual’s health and serious to people’s career and life.
So, at first, I, we panicked. Body goes into a constant fight or flight state because of the unknown. Not knowing much on the spread of the virus but also not knowing how long we must stay home and live this new normal makes us crazy. We then are told to stay home and during that initial 2 weeks, our anxiety continues to excel, we then start googling any symptoms we have when most of it is coming from Anxiety or Allergies (keeping in mind we had such an interesting winter, winter was much warmer..weird season in general..)
From our anxiety, to googling symptoms, to being reminded about our financial crisis of unemployment— our lives are being so absorbed by negativity rather than taking something we can’t control and accepting the new normal… for now.
Fatigue, restlessness is introduced now our entire routine is lost along with any motivation to keep going. To keep going mentally and physically. What do you do now?!
You ACCEPT the NOW. That’s what you’re going to do. You’re going to accept that this isn’t forever. And you will begin to do what you can do with the things you can control! (“Serenity”, Only tattoo I have on my body)
This will never happen again. Do you really want to look back and think you had weeks off and you didn’t take advantage of that? By advantage I mean, to continue being aware of what’s going on in today’s world, but do not allow the news to take up your entire day. Have a plan to make this a successful STAYCATION rather than a SHUTDOWN.
First things first, KEEP MOVING.
You are probably finding yourself eating more and moving less by the end of the day. You may be working from home, working endless hours, requiring you to sit more than normal ORRRRR the complete opposite; nothing on the agenda so laying around most of the day.
Now is your time to get on a workout regime, even if it’s just up and down your stairs or back & fourth in your driveway/ local streets.
Let’s get a to-do list going. If you’re like me I do this Sundays. Yes, on Sunday I plan for the next 6 days… Monday through Saturday that is. I realize things can change or get moved around a bit. But majority of my schedule pretty much stays to what I plan. This allows me to be most efficient with my time. Along with feeling accomplished come the end of the week. However, AT THIS EXACT MOMENT in time… I do have more flexibility than I typically would. Being stuck at home does allow me to take longer to get out of bed in the morning, Finding myself prepping my meals “fresh as I go” and those couple things that in fact allow me to slip up a bit more.
Back to that To-Do list. AT LEAST set a daily list. You don’t need to plan it weekly like I do but make it daily. While your drinking your morning coffee/tea plan that to-do list for the day. Do not over complicate it, but don’t overdo it either. Set 3 WINS to accomplish. 3 things you WILL achieve that day. 3 realistic things. One can be a workout, another can be organizing a closet, and another can be calling a family member. Now you may be thinking how is talking to a family member a “WIN” well think back a couple weeks ago when you were working…back with your normal schedule… how often were you calling up a
Family member?… I bet not as often as you had wished for. Therefore, that counts as a QUARANTINE WIN.
Besides that, to-do list you are going to begin to tackle each day, it’s okay to just “BE” at times. B-E… make your primary focus on being in the NOW. There is no rush to having to be anywhere, kids aren’t catching the bus, dropping off at sports, late night attending birthday parties; etc. Everyone is advised to stay home. Therefore, nobody unless they are on the front lines. (which if you are one nurse, doctor, first responder reading this, THANK YOU for doing all you can during these times) Take this time to do the extra with your kids. I understand you may be homeschooling now, don’t try to be better than the Teachers, but be there for your child(ren) reminding them this isn’t the new normal and it will not be forever. Explain to them what is going on making them feel comfortable and not fear the present…Then allow the schoolwork to flow into the day as scheduled.
Back to the B-E.
Do something you wouldn’t necessarily choose to do whether it be to read a book, complete a puzzle, game boards… think out of the box. It’s okay to binge on a TV series you’ve been meaning to but make sure you tackle the to do list first. It’s not going to be forever… and this is one way you can appreciate and accept the NOW.
I don’t know about you but I’ve reached out to people I haven’t spoken to…in… let’s just say too long to even count. Because I got so caught up in moving, business, LIFE, you name it. Even a quick text “Hi there cousin/friend/aunt it’s been awhile but hope you’re doing okay at this time. stay healthy & safe, I’m thinking of you”. A message like that can certainty go a long way and even may allow you to reunite with those long loss friends. Take advantage of what social media has to offer! Using platforms like FaceTime or Zoom. Have seem to be the most popular.
Use this time to focus on more Self Care. This can include yoga you been wanting to try, more mediation/ gratitude time, new healthy recipes, getting on a workout routine… who needs a gym, these days you don’t rely on anything better than your body weight anyways.
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To end this not on a negative note but more of just being realistic. After this entire “quarantine/Social distancing” is over, things won’t be normal for a while. Lots of individuals will be unemployed and several small businesses won’t survive from this pandemic. We will ALL get through this because YOU are not alone. At these times like these where you may feel your alone because you are home alone— just remind yourself everyone is home!
I must share one of the biggest things I’ve read people commenting on is how “bored” they are…ughhh some people wish they can be bored. Most people have pets, kids, they wish they could be bored! You are not bored; YOU ARE RELAXED and DON’T know how to handle or accept it. So, If HEAR you say you’re bored, my response will be no you’re not, find something you’ve been wanting to do and accept the bored as a new normal for NOW.
B-E the Acceptance to the NOW. Live in the NOW.
Remember life is a gift, don’t take it for granted.